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China’s appetite high on the agenda

The 2013 indaba is expected to attract way in excess of 7 000 delegates
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A stellar cast of speakers have been invited to address the various sessions at the 2013 Indaba, including South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu, who will deliver the official welcoming address, as well as world-renowned economist Dr Marc Faber and Dr Dambisa Moyo, TIME magazine’s 'Most Influential Person' of 2009.

Dr Moyo is the acclaimed author of The New York Times bestseller, Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is A Better Way for Africa.

Organised by Mining Indaba LLC for the past 18 years, the indaba has channelled billions of dollars into the African mining value chain. It is expected the conference, with a mining exhibition attached, will bring in more than a record number of 7 500 delegates from 100 countries to walk the halls of the Cape Town International Conference Centre.

More than 1 500 international companies will be represented while the diversified audience consists of all critical stakeholders in African mining: investors, financiers, mining and other corporate executives, ministers, and multitudes of other professionals.

More than 40 government delegations from Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe will participate in forums.

The world's leading authorities on African commodities, global trends and macro-economic expertise will also attend.


Faber, who is well known for his contrarian investment approach and is a regular speaker at events around the world, will examine macro-economic issues affecting the mining industry. He is a regular contributor to leading financial publications. His personal newsletter, “The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report”, highlights unusual investment opportunities. Dr Faber has authored several books, including bestseller Tomorrow’s Gold – Asia’s Age of Discovery.

Moyo’s address will focus on China’s race for resources and the global impact of that pursuit. 

She was named by TIME magazine as one of the '100 Most Influential People in the World' in 2009. She was also named as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. Her writing is regularly featured in the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal

Moyo is a CNBC contributing editor and a patron of Absolute Return for Kids, a hedge-fund supported children's charity. She holds a degree in chemistry, an MA from Harvard University, a PhD in Economics from Oxford University, and an MBA in finance from the American University, Washington DC.

Zambia-born and raised, Moyo is the author of Winner Takes All: China’s Race For Resources And What It Means For The World.

Goldfields chairperson Mamphela Ramphele will deliver a keynote address on sustainable development and the mining industry. 

She is a director of Anglo American, a former managing director of the World Bank and the founder of Letsema Circle, a Cape Town-based specialist transformation advisory company in both the public and private sector. She is chair of the Technology and Innovation Agency, established in 2009, to help stimulate greater use of technology to address socio-economic challenges and promote sustainable economic growth. 


One of the focus areas will be revenue transparency and anti-corruption in the mining industry. Leading the discussion will be Dr Roosevelt Jayjay, Liberia’s former minister of Mines and Energy; Xolani Mkhwanazi, chairperson of BHP Billiton Southern Africa; and Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International.

Some of the issues that will come under discussion will be:

  • How mining companies are tackling the need for transparency
  • The challenges faced by local operations when responding to global initiatives
  • What mining companies operating in South Africa can expect from international regulators in 2013–2015

Roger Baxter, chief economist at the Chamber of Mines South Africa, will be leading the panel discussing mining’s economic contribution to sustainable development. Among Baxter’s fellow panellists will be Phillip Daniels of the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Affairs Department. 

Questions the panel will grapple with are:

  • What does it take to ensure development of a country’s mineral resources delivers sustainable outcomes at local, regional and national levels?
  • Where governance or capacity is weak, how can mining companies work with other stakeholders to ensure the full economic and social benefits from mining operations in a particular country context are realised?

The Sustainable Development Programme is an integral part of the official Mining Indaba conference agenda, and will be hosted by the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM), a professional body dedicated to the improvement of sustainable development performance in mining and metals. 

“We are delighted to again welcome speakers of the calibre of Dr Dambisa Moyo, Marc Faber, Susan Shabangu and Mamphela Ramphele,” said Jonathan Moore, senior vice president and managing director of Mining Indaba LLC. “Over the years, Mining Indaba has become the sector’s largest gathering of decision makers, investors, stakeholders, mining professionals and policy makers. We continue to deliver value to our delegates."


The 2013 indaba is expected to attract “way in excess” of 7 000 delegates. This impressive growth has necessitated a different approach to some aspects of event execution, access, accreditation and security.

With the event now utlising the entire CTICC, access into the convention centre can be granted only to people with a valid 2013 Mining Indaba accreditation/badge. 

As part of this change, on-site registration for 2013 participants will be handled through a controlled entrance where delegates can get their accreditation/badge and then be free to enter and exit through any of the normal CTICC entrances. Registered delegates will receive additional notifications leading up to the event.

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